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July, 2021

  • 1 July

    Adobe Premiere Pro Turns 30, Gets Facelift

    Premiere Pro is an application that I use almost every day for course production and consulting. I’ve written books about it, created courses, and know every nook and cranny inside and out. After packing all the features one could possibly want into the program, Adobe is “reimagining” the interface to …

December, 2020

  • 16 December

    Lesson of the Week: Displaying PowerPoint Slide Shows in a Window

    Displaying PowerPoint slide shows in a window comes in handy for presenting in webinars and for screencam capture.  Like most of us out there, I’ve been using PowerPoint for about six thousand years. One feature I just learned, displaying slide shows in a window, comes in handy for two common …

July, 2020

  • 13 July

    How to Shine in a Zoom Webinar

    My wife was watching a webinar for CME and there were two physicians with such picture perfect presentation that I just had to snap the image and comment. The list of what these two did right is lengthy and instructive. Both practiced perfect rule-of-thirds positioning, with their eyes about 1/3 down …

November, 2019

  • 28 November

    Tools For Examining HEVC Bitstreams

    A student of one of my courses recently asked, “I need a tool, which does the same job as BitrateViewer but for HEVC. Which tool do you use when you need to get some sort of a plot or just a list of bitrates per each second?” Great question. If …

  • 14 November

    The State of CMAF: The Holy Grail or Just Another Format?

    My article, The State of CMAF: The Holy Grail or Just Another Format?, just published on the Streaming Media website. Here’s the enticing intro: The holy grail of streaming is a single set of files that you can safely deliver to all target endpoints. The most likely candidate to help …

  • 7 November

    What is Streaming 2019?

    At its most basic level, streaming media is the delivery of audio and video files from a server to a client over the internet or a cellular data network. The first streaming audio was delivered in 1995, while the first streaming video followed two years later; you can read more …

  • 4 November

    DASH Royalties Resurface in Three Law Suits

    We’ve been following the story of DASH royalties since MPEG LA first announced the pool back in 2015. Recently, the pool stopped offering licenses, which seemed to cease any assertions of royalties. But as I just wrote about in Streaming Media magazine, one of the pool members, Helios Streaming along …

June, 2018

  • 15 June

    What’s the Optimal Duration for Your Product Video?

    Though I spend most of my time focusing on video production and encoding, I’m also fascinated by how organizations are actually using video in their day-to-day operations. So when Vidyard released their second annual Video in Business Benchmark Report (freely downloadable here) I had to give it a quick scan. …

May, 2018

  • 8 May

    Download Handout – Multi-Distribution of Live Video

    One of my three sessions at Streaming Media East. Here’s the description; link to handout below. Note: one issue that came up during the discussion was the ability for systems to handle multiple language and captions. After the presentation, I heard from a representative from Go Easy Live who stated, …

March, 2018

  • 4 March

    New Logitech Webcam C922 Makes Huge Difference in Video Quality

    Now that programs like Wirecast and vMix make it simple to perform side-by-side interviews like my recent interview with Beamr’s Dror Gill below, I’ve been doing more of them. The tension has always been regarding video quality. Specifically, do I connect a camera to my HP notebook, or go with …